Strategic Plan FY20-FY22

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The strategic plan for the Library sets a clear vision for where the department is going, helps to direct its resources (human, financial, and infrastructural), and empowers Library staff to take on new challenges and prioritize opportunities that best serve the Brandeis University Framework

Our focus is on enhancing the student experience in their academic and community experiences on and off campus; supporting research, scholarly, and creative work; offering tools to enhance impact; and honoring our founding values. We approach each element horizontally to recognize the Libary's ability to transcend academic specialization and department boundaries as well as provide space that enables dynamic collaboration across traditional disciplines. We also vertically bring together our students, faculty, and staff, creating a multilevel learning environment.

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Strategy Statement

The Brandeis Library will enhance our position as an intellectual and creative hub that empowers our community by creating equitable opportunities for furthering knowledge, inspiration, and growth.


Strategic Priorities are broad areas of focus, which help sort the work the Library is and will be doing to enact its Strategy Statement. Priorities are grouped into three designations, which denote what type of role the Priority holds within the plan.

  1. The Foundational Priority (Core Services) details the work the Library will continue to prioritize and focus on over the next three years.
  2. The three Improvement Priorities highlight areas with room for purposeful growth and enhancement.
  3. The Game Changing Priority (Digital Scholarship & Creative Work) is the one that, as the plan is enacted, will require a change or refocusing of work and resources throughout the Library.

Core Services

The Brandeis Library is committed to maintaining and enhancing the ongoing literacy coaching and informational resources essential to the teaching, learning, and research of the Brandeis community, and offers a place for engagement, outreach, and inclusion.

Teaching and Learning

The Library supports and advances teaching and learning to foster lifelong intellectual and creative engagement, as well as to benefit our students as they prepare for careers and make a positive difference in the world. In doing so, the Library operates as the academic and creative online and physical space where faculty, staff, and students can connect and learn from each other.

Access and Equity

One of the founding principles of Brandeis is a strong commitment to social justice. The Library provides equitable access to Library collections, services, and staff expertise. The Library invests in physical and virtual spaces that are accessible, multifunctional, and inclusive. In the Brandeis spirit, diversity and equity are foundational in our thinking as we create learning and research environments that support the various needs of the entire Brandeis community.

Process Improvement

Process improvements are purposeful changes and refinements to the way the Library conducts work, which boost effectiveness and create sustainable success. Improvements to process will allow the staff—the vital engine of the Library’s efforts to empower our community—to direct time and resources towards more innovative services.

Digital Scholarship and Creative Work

Scholarship is no longer restricted to the publication of articles and monographs, but instead includes a wide range of digital methodologies and creative work archived by the Brandeis community. New modes of creation and emerging technologies are sparking innovation and rapidly shifting the landscape of scholarly discourse. The Library endeavors to engage with the community to foster the development and dissemination of new forms of scholarship.